The body of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh (28), who was one of the two army personnel killed in the Pakistani intrusion across the Line of Control (LoC) near the Mendhar sector in Jammu on Tuesday, arrived at Jabalpur’s Dumna Airport on Wednesday at 7 pm.
A special army plane flew the body from Jammu and Kashmir to Jabalpur, from where it was to be taken by road to his native village Dadia in Sidhi district. Lance Naik Sudhakar belonged to the Krishna Ghati Brigade of Rajputana Rifles, confirmed Subedar Jaikant, who accompanied the body.
At the airport, Jabalpur mayor Prabhat Sahu, MP Rakesh Singh, Jabalpur Station Commander, Brigadier KK Thacker, Collector Gulshan Bamra and several other civil and military officials paid homage to the brave son of Madhya Pradesh.
But in Rewa, it was an excruciating wait for the Singh family. A resident of Dadiya village in Churhat tehsil of Sidhi district (550 km from Bhopal), Sudhakar was one of the two sons of Sachidanand Singh, a farmer.
He had joined the army nine years ago at the age of 19.
His wife Durga and their fivemonth-old son Bhaskar live with his father-in-law Manendra Singh in Rewa. Manendra, an ex-serviceman himself, is reemployed with the state police as a wireless operator.
HT visited Manendra Singh’s house at the police lines in Rewa on Wednesday and found relatives had assembled after hearing the news of Sudhakar’s death. Between sobs, Durga, who is a B.Com student at the Girls Degree College in Rewa, said that she wants similar treatment for the Pakistanis who mutilated her husband’s body. While she is inconsolable, Manendra Singh’s anger seems to have now replaced the shock of losing his son-in-law. “The time has come to wipe off Pakistan from the face of the earth. I am willing to don the uniform again and fight for the country,” he said.
Expressing bewilderment as to why the bodies of the soldiers were mutilated, he exclaimed: “This is not war.” He now wants the little Bhaskar to also join the army too. Away at Dadiya in the neighbouring Sidhi district, Sudhakar Singh’s father is equally inconsolable. However, proud of his son’s soldierly death, he said, “My son has died a martyr’s death.” Sudhakar was married to Durga on February 19, 2009 and their son Bhaskar was born on September 5, 2012. This was Sudhakar’s second deployment in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sudhakar visited home last September when his son was born.